Offshore industry says drilling moratorium endangers wind power too

Ørsted's Burbo Bank Extension Wind Farm in the Irish Sea. The Denmark-based energy company will develop 1,100 MW of offshore wind power east of Atlantic City, N.J. Ørsted photo

President Trump’s announcement extending an offshore drilling moratorium off North Carolina will block future development of additional wind energy areas, a prominent industry group warns.

Trump’s election campaign with its surprise executive orders extending a moratorium on waters off Florida up the Atlantic coast brought dismay from the offshore oil industry, long promised widespread opening of new lease areas by Trump.

The next Sept. 25 extension of the order to North Carolina brought...

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